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BEFORE WE HAD T.V.

 
 
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 16 Sep, 2009 09:35 pm
@rich8ames,
rich8ames wrote:

I love listening to NPR on Saturdays; some of the programs are so great. Garrison Keeler has a great program!


Welcome to A2k, rich. I agree with you re: Keillor. He has single-handedly almost brought back great radio comedy in the vein of The Great Gildersleeve and Fibber McGee and Molly.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 07:46 am
I completely missed The Golden AGe of Radio: my parents bought a television set in 1949.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 12:41 pm
We did not have broadcast TV in Fresno until I was about twelve - around 1954. But, some radio programs lasted a bit beyond 1960.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 02:15 pm
I love NPR as well. Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me! has to be one of the most entertaining shows ever. I love the news.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 03:53 pm
I listened to NPR for years. Lately the shows I enjoy are not at convenient times.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 08:05 pm
@edgarblythe,
You can listen on your computer. Just go to www.npr.org
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 20 Apr, 2010 04:00 pm
When on the computer, I use the word processor constantly. When I need a break, or get stuck, I go to a2k for a bit. I can't listen and work the word processor. Takes too much to go back and forth.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 20 Apr, 2010 07:01 pm
@edgarblythe,
I can't either but I can work sudoku and listen.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2010 08:13 pm
I just re-read the first two thirds of this thread. I have to say, I enjoyed it more than most threads I have ever participated in.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2010 09:47 pm
I remembered the thread, Boss, but i didn't remember the content all that well. I'm re-reading it now. I'm glad you bumped it up, EB.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2010 01:18 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:

I completely missed The Golden AGe of Radio: my parents bought a television set in 1949.

Hi Edgar! Interesting thread! I'm like the person above and also missed radio in my youth.

I immigrated from Holland to Canada in 1956 (5 years old). I can't even clearly remember anymore when we got our first TV, but remember watching at other people's homes.

I know nothing about all the radio shows that you mentioned, but, of course, remembered watching some of them on TV.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2010 01:57 pm
@Reyn,
Well, I recommend you buy a time machine and check them out.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2010 02:32 pm
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

Well, I recommend you buy a time machine and check them out.
um Edgar, that's called a "wayback machine."
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2010 03:03 pm
@dyslexia,
As heavy as reyn is, it might become a swayback machine.
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BillW
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 04:05 pm
In 1954 my parents bought a TV and the first thing I saw was the news - John Cameron Swayze - the fifteen-minute Camel News Caravan. News shows should still run just 15 minutes.

As far as what we did before? I have no idea, I was only 4.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 04:06 pm
@BillW,
They still run sixteen minutes, but they use up 30 minutes or more to tell it.
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cwh1947
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:27 pm
@PDiddie,
I remember him, a mountie with a dog named King?
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cwh1947
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:35 pm
@edgarblythe,
I remember as a boy, going up into the attic with gramps to fire up the Zenith and listen to The Shadow. Then to the shortwave bands for police calls, what a great way to spend Saturday night! I recall all the others you mention but only from TV. I just finished watching some Have Gun Will Travel episodes on Netflix.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 06:19 pm
@cwh1947,
Have Gun Will Travel is one of my top favorites - and, the next to the last radio show I heard. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar seems to have outlasted it.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 06:29 pm
I had all of this brought back to me on Sunday morning. CBC is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and The Girl and i went to the CBC Broadcast Center in downtown Toronto for the taping of a show they will air on the anniversary date (November 2nd) called "Raised on Radio." I was. We only really started to watch the television my grandmother bought in 1956 when our favorite radio programs started to show up on the teevee.
 

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